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News Digest Feb. 28, 2020

Astounding 5-44, Fantastic 3-65

Paul Fraser reviews Astounding Science Fiction Vol. 33 No. 3 May 1944 on SF Magazines.

Victoria Silverwolf reviews Fantastic Vol. 14 No. 3 March 1965 on Galactic Journey.

Guns + Tacos Vol. 1 & 2

The print version of season one of Guns + Tacos season one arrived last Saturday. Each of its two volumes, created and edited by Michael Bracken and Trey H. Barker include three stories around 40 pages each. Volume One: Gary Phillips, Bracken, and Frank Zafiro. Volume Two: Barker, William Dylan Powell, James A. Hearn, and a bonus story by Bracken, making this the thicker of the two volumes. Season Two has been ordered and will begin later this year from Down & Out Books.

Boy Detective, Find the Money

Art Taylor writes about the story order in his new anthology The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 at Auntie M Writes. (Hat tip Kevin Tipple).

Artist and author Tony Gleeson’s new book, Find the Money, is now available on amazon. The mysterious Vanessa has vanished, and it’s worth a million dollars to a vicious drug lord to get her back. But the ransom disappears, turning up in the hands of a bewildered innocent bystander, while ruthless gangsters and hapless kidnappers alike desperately search for the money. Meanwhile, Detective Marlon Morrison, who only wants to comfortably ride out the final year and a half before his retirement without incident, finds himself involved with a growing succession of murder victims, and a bizarre case growing in complexity by the hour…

Josh Pachter talks to Publisher’s Weekly about his anthologies The Misadventures of Ellery Queen and The Misadventures of Nero Wolfe. (Hat tip Michael Bracken)

Doug Draa announced on Facebook that Weirdbook No. 42 has gone to print!

A.T. Sayre describes his joy and appreciation at having his first story, “Rover,” published in the venerable Analog.

AHMM & EQMM Mar/Apr 2020

Found all four March/April 2020 Dell digests on shelves this week at my local Barnes & Noble’s. Alfred Hitchcock’s features William Burton McCormick’s cover story “Night Train to Berlin.” Ellery Queen’s cover highlights its “Mystery Strangers” theme. Although not listed on the cover, indie favorite Preston Lang also has a story inside—congrats!

Asimov's & Analog Mar/Apr 2020

Asimov’s cover features Nancy Kress’ “Semper Augustus” and Analog continues their retro-look celebration of their 90th year. Note F&SF Editor C.C. Finley’s name on the cover, and inside there’s a new story by Edd Vick* and Manny Frishberg. *Vick as interviewed by D. Blake Werts in The Digest Enthusiast No. 6.

Fantasy & Science Fiction Jan/Feb 2020

Corey Flintoff talks about his “Interlude in Arcadia” (F&SF J/F 2020) on the Fantasy & Science Fiction blog.

Readin’ and Writin’
Finished the audio book version of The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and loved it. I listened while driving and more than once got so lost in the gorgeous prose I had to try to remember what was happening in the plot. Narrator Ray Porter’s cadence and inflections are a perfect match to Tom Hanks’.

Also on audio, I listened to Break Shot: My First 21 Years by James Taylor. A intimate memoir with Taylor’s recollections of family dysfunction, fighting addiction, and working with Danny (Kootch) Kortchmar, Peter Gordon, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, and Carol King. This guided tour of his early life is interspersed with his gorgeous melodies. Riveting, sad, and unforgettable.

Mike Shayne June 1957

In print, I read Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine June 1957. This issue wraps up the trilogy of the serialized Weep for a Blond Corpse, with more action and excitement than the previous two installments. It also boasts two outstanding novelets by Helen Nielsen and Tedd Thomey, as well as some fine short stories by Fletcher Flora, James Schucker, D.E. Forbes, Murray Wolf, and F. Keston Clarke. A great issue of a great digest magazine! Watch for my reviews in a coming issue of bare•bones.

Jeff Vorzimmer, editor of Stark House Press’ Best of Manhunt, read through the current issue of The Digest Enthusiast and awarded it a 5-Star rating this week on GoodReads. Thanks much, Jeff!

TDE12 Update: Met with my writing group on Thursday and shared my review of Paperback Fanatic No. 43, which will appear in TDE12. Also completed the initial layout of my interview with Tony Gleeson for the issue. Thanks to Tony, it’s loaded with beautiful artwork—mostly from vintage digests.

True Crime Detective Summer 1953

From the Vault
Ad copy on page 2: “. . . if you enjoy this issue let us enter a subscription for you so that True Crime Detective may be delivered to you on or before publication date without extra cost. You will find each issue a little better than the one before—an anthology of the best detective true crime stories new and old.” Cost? $1.40 for 4 issues. In 2020 dollars that’s $13.53. I have a feeling it would be more, but I’d get it if it were still being published today. Next week: the final issue.

True Crime Detective Vol. 3 No. 3 Summer 1953
Contents Page
W.T. Brannon “Rendezvous at Rondout”
Joseph Shillips “They Wrote Their Own Convictions”
Homer Croy “Cherokee Bill”
William Roughead “The Merrett Mystery”
Manly Wade Wellman “The General Dies at Dusk”
Miriam Allen deford “The Reluctant Lover”
Frank Mullady “Judgement for a Messiah”

Publisher: Lawrence E. Spivak
Editors: Anthony Boucher, J. Francis McComas
General Manager: Joseph W. Ferman
Managing Editor: Robert P. Mills
Advisory Editor: Charles Angoff
Art Director: George Salter
Cover: Dirone Photography from “Rendezvous at Rondout”
5.5” x 7.75” 128 pages 35¢

Opening Lines

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016

“Chase Montgomery wasn’t just out of the closet—he was out of the house and leading one-man Gay Pride parades around our little two-stoplight Texas town until he disappeared on the first without saying goodbye.”
“Chase Your Dreams” by Michael Bracken Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine June 2016

Alfred Hitchcock’s Jan/Feb 2020

Alfred Hitchcock’s Jan/Feb 2020

The newly designed Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine is now on sale at Barnes & Noble and other select newsstands.

Contents Page
Happy Holidays from AHMM
Linda Landrigan: A Cup of Crime Yet for Auld Lang Syne (introduction)
The Lineup
Steve Hockensmith “The Last Noel” art by Kelly Denato
Kevin Egan
“The Tombs Angel”
Mark Lagasse: Scrambled Plum (puzzle, solution on page 40)
Sharon Hunt “Silent Night”
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Famous Last Words”
Joseph D’Agnese “The Detective Who Stopped By Bedford Street”
Teresa Dovalpage “The Sandalwood Killer” art by Tim Foley
Mark Thielman
“The Wreck of the Edward Fitzsimmons”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Sarah Jane by James Sallis
Art Taylor “The Boy Detective and the Summer of ’74”
James Tipton “On the Banks of the Styx”
Shauna Washington “Alternate Reality” art by Hank Blaustein
Olivia Dunnett
“The Witness”
Wayne J. Gardiner “Mistaken Identity”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192)
Paul Grigg “Mossad Rules”
Michael Mallory selects/introduces a Mystery Classic: “The Stroke of Thirteen” by Lillian De La Torre (as told to James Boswell, August 1780)
The Story That Won (Sep/Oct) “Tempting, No?” by S.D. Burke
Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation
Coming in AHMM Mar/Apr 2020
Directory of Services/Indicia
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 65 No. 1 & 2 Jan/Feb 2020
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Shutterstock
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Feb. 18, 2020
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016

An excerpt from Michael Bracken’s interview in The Digest Enthusiast No. 8, June 2018:

The Digest Enthusiast: “Chase Your Dreams,” from AHMM (June 2016), is a great example of a story that evokes an emotional response. What prompts you to include social commentary in a story? Do themes emerge while writing, or are they part of the initial planning process?

Michael Bracken: I rarely start with a theme and never intentionally include social commentary because to do so runs the risk of turning a story into a sermon or, worse, a polemic.

When I let characters react to situations I put them in, sometimes themes emerge that represent beliefs different than my own, and it’s important to let the story be the story and not have a theme forced onto it that fits my beliefs. (Think about all the great noir movies ruined by nonsensical happy endings because movie makers didn’t think audiences would tolerate themes like “life sucks and then you die.”)

“Chase Your Dreams” presents a strong example of what happens when you build characters from the inside out. The protagonist is a closeted gay man in small-town Texas and his clandestine lover,a man who is out and proud of it, disappears. The protagonist is torn between searching for his lover and the realization that by doing so he will out himself. The theme emerges from the actions the protagonist takes and how the other characters react to those actions.

Alfred Hitchcock June 2016
Contents Page
Linda Landrigan’s Editor’s Notes: It Takes a Village
The Lineup
Michael Bracken “Chase Your Dreams”
Sarah Weinman “Death of a Feminist” art by Tim Foley
Willie Rose: The Mysterious Cipher (solution on page 93)
Martin Limón “The King of K-Pop”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words acrostic puzzle
Janice Law “A Taste of Murder” art by Linda Weatherly
Mysterious Photograph: Words Taking Flight
Brendan DuBois “A Battlefield Reunion”
Erica Wright “Patsy Cline at Harry’s Last Chance Saloon” art by Ally Hodges
Ruth Chessman “Poor Sherm” (Mystery Classic selected and introduced by Jane K. Cleland)
Robert C. Hahn: Booked & Printed
Death On a Starry Night by Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden
Capitol Punishment by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
The Day After Death by Lynn C. Miller
The Story that Won (Dec. 2015) “A Better Plan” by Charles R. McCrary, Jr.
Coming in AHMM Jul/Aug 2016
Directory of Services/Indicia
Solution to the May “Dying Words”
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 61 No. 6 June 2016
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Senior Assistant Editor: Jackie Sherbow
VP Art & Production: Susan Mangan
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Chuntisel/iStockphoto
112 pages $4.99
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

Alfred Hitchcock Nov/Dec 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Nov/Dec 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Nov/Dec 2019
Contents Page
Linda Landrigan: Trust Me! (introduction)
The Lineup
Leslie Budewitz “Miss Starr’s Good-Bye”
James L. Ross “Last Night in Malibu” art by Ron Chironna
Mark Lagasse: Scrambled George (puzzle, solution on page 70)
Mark Thielman “Thanksgiving Eve”
Janice Law “The Stop-In Motel”
R.T. Lawton “A Loaf of Bread”
Black Orchid Novella Award Contest
Susan Oleksiw “Just Another Runaway”
James Tipton “Candy Box” art by Noah Bailey
John H. Dirckx “Tragedy at Daybreak”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed
The Bone Fire by S.D. Sykes
Without a Prayer by Susan Ashline
Party: A Mystery by Jamaica Kincaid
Dave Zeltserman “Terrible Thoughts”
Deborah Lacy “The Sky’s the Limit” art by Ally Hodges
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “The Words of the Prophets”
Melissa Yi “Dueling Dojos”
Peter Colt “The Hippie”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192)
O’Neil De Noux “A Meanness in Me”
S.L. Franklin “Seal of the Confessional”
Gary Phillips: The Case File Crime in Sequences
The Story That Won (Jul/Aug) “The Angel Tree” by Craig M. Hanson
Index Vol. 64 2019
Coming in AHMM Jan/Feb 2020
Directory of Services/Indicia
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 64 No. 11 & 12 Nov/Dec 2019
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Managing Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Maggie Ivy
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Dec. 17, 2019
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95

Alfred Hitchcock Sep/Oct 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Sep/Oct 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Sep/Oct 2019
Contents
Linda Landrigan: Tour de Crime (introduction)
The Lineup
Eve Fisher “The Seven-Day Itch” art by Hank Blaustein
Brian Cox “The Surogate Initiative”
Mark Lagasse: Scrambled Highsmith (puzzle, solution on page 45)
Mysti Berry “Yorkshire Ripper”
David Hagerty “Drinks at the El Navajo” art by Noah Bailey
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Tempting, no?”
Emily Devenport “Not My Circus, But They are My Monkeys”
Jim Fusilli “Niall Nelson is on My Flight”
Tom Mead “Incident at Widow’s Perch”
Janice Law “The Island”
Michael Steele Valade “Dead Man’s Hand” art by Tim Foley
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192)
Meredith Anthony “Eddy Gets His”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed
Angela Zeman “The Second Tales of Roxanne”
Tom Larsen “Alienta Del Diablo” (Wilson Salinas)
Mystery Classic: Selected and Introduced by Marvin Lachman
G.K. Chesterton “The Garden of Smoke” (Mystery Classic)
The Story That Won (May/Jun) “Off the Trail” by Damon Privette
Coming in AHMM Nov/Dec 2019
Directory of Services/Indicia
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 64 No. 9 & 10 Sep/Oct 2019
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: McMillian Digital Art
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until Oct. 22, 2019
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95

Alfred Hitchcock Dec. 1966

Alfred Hitchcock Dec. 1966

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 11 No. 12 Dec. 1966
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Reader
Contents
Max Van Derveer “The Holiday Spirit”
J.A. Mas “The Deadly Handyman”
Lawrence Block “Some Things a Man Must Do”
James N. Semple “Lull in Homicide”
Dan J. Marlowe “The Annuity”
Bob Bristow “The Message”
Mike Brett “Crooks, Satchels, and Selma”
Parley J. Cooper “The Servant Problem”
Carl Henry Rathjen “Jump Job”
Jack Webb “Day of the Tiger”
Robert Edmond Alter “No Place Like Home”
Wenzell Brown “The Blue Man”
Richard O. Lewis “Shakedown”
James McKimmey “The Magic Tree”

Editor: G.F. Foster
160 pages, 50¢

Contents from Galactic Central.

BCMM No. 1’s Classic Reprint

Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1

Excerpt from the review of Black Cat Mystery Magazine No. 1 from The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:

“Beside a Flowering Wall” by Fletcher Flora is reprinted from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine April 1968. A spinster is visited by the lost love of her life. “The wonder was that he had [once] loved her, for she had been a plain girl, as she was a plain woman, with an odd faded look as if she had been laundered too many times in boiling water.” The crime here was the loss of what might have been, until the opportunity to erase it forever arose.

Alfred Hitchcock May 1966

Alfred Hitchcock May 1966

Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine Vol. 11 No. 5 May 1966
Alfred Hitchcock: Dear Reader (an excerpt) “. . . be King of the Grill, and a Mystery Reading Buff, adn acquire the resolute expression of the gentleman on the cover.”
Contents
Edward D. Hoch
“The Rusty Rose”
Robert G. Anderson “Child of the Night”
Frank Sisk “The Sawbuck Machine”
Robert W. Alexander “Over a Barrel”
Ed Lacy “Five Minutes Ago”
Carroll Mayers “The Conspirators”
Robert Edmond Alter “The Shunned House”
F.J. Smith “The Gun Merchant”
Aubrey S. Newman “Community Service”
Ione Ivey “So Tender These Petals”
Dick Ellis “Beware the Righteous Man”
Lawrence E. Orin “The Basement Room”
Geoffrey Knighton “A Matter of Honor”
Joseph Payne Brennan “The Intangible Threat”
Fletcher Flora “The Happenstance Snatch”
Each story includes an illustration by Marguerite Blair Deacon

Editor and Publisher: Richard E. Decker
Managing Editor: G.F. Foster
Associate Editors: Victoria S. Benham, Pat Hitchcock, Ernest Hutter
Art Director: Marguerite Blair Deacon
160 pages, 50¢

Alfred Hitchcock Jul/Aug 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Jul/Aug 2019

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Jul/Aug 2019
Contents
Linda Landrigan: All in the Execution (introduction)
The Lineup
Dave Zeltserman “Lulu and Heartbreaker” (Morris Brick)
R.T. Lawton “The Horse” art by Noah Bailey
Mysterious Photograph $25 fiction contest “Leaf Peeper”
Janice Law “A Fine Nest of Rascals”
John H. Dirckx “Who’s Counting?”
Laurel Flores Fantauzzo: Booked and Printed
B.K. Stevens “The Tourist”
Mark Lagasse: Scrambled Wolfe (puzzle, solution on page 137)
John C. Boland “Marley’s Mistress” art by Ally Hodges
Dayle A. Dermatis “Pirate Pete’s”
Michael A. Black “Carnivores and Herbivores” art by Eric Fisher
William Burton McCormick “The Three Camillas”
Arlene Fisher: Dying Words (acrostic puzzle, solution on page 192)
Paul D. Marks “Past is Prologue”
Mark Bruce “Minerva James and the Goddess of Justice” (Black Orchid Novella Award)
The Story That Won (Mar/Apr) “Seeing is Believing” by L.J. Belle
Coming in AHMM Sep/Oct 2019
Directory of Services/Indicia
Classified Marketplace

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Vol. 64 No. 7 & 8 Jul/Aug 2019
Publisher: Peter Kanter
Editor: Linda Landrigan
Associate Editor: Jackie Sherbow
Senior Director of Art & Production: Porter C. McKinnon
Senior AD: Victoria Green
Cover: Maggie Ivy
192 pages
$7.99 on newsstands until August 20, 2019
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine website

AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-8 $7.95
AHMM and EQMM Mystery Value Pack-16 $12.95
Mystery Double Issue Value Pack-12 $15.95